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Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I know that most people relate apples and cinnamon with fall, but I thought that I would share a recipe that my son and I have had fun making together recently. (Bonus: Check out the video at the end of this post!)

Our family eats mostly gluten-free.  Before I was gluten-free, I used to bake up a storm, with my favorite foods to make being yeast and quick breads, and pies.  Gluten-free baking has, at times, thrown me for a loop when my baked goods act differently than if they were made with gluten – I’m not used to flops, and especially the expensive flops that come when gluten-free goodies don’t turn out!

But this recipe is one that has worked out well for me (it also helps that we’re only at 3,000 ft. elevation now and not 4,500 or 6,000 like within the past few years!).

Although I prefer to use mostly organic ingredients, the flour in this recipe is Pillsbury brand that we buy at Wal- Mart.  I used to use a different kind, but it’s only available regionally at certain Whole Foods, so I haven’t found a great alternative yet since we moved.  About half of the ingredients in this picture came from Vitacost.  I love ordering from them, because if I get my order in before 11 AM, it’s usually at my door the next day!

If you’re looking for a great muffin recipe for a camping breakfast, or yummy gluten-free goodness to bring along on your next road trip, consider making these apple cinnamon muffins!

Can Autism Be Reversed?: The Nemechek Protocol for Autism

The Nemechek Protocol Book

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Autism. In our society today, Autism doesn’t need much explanatory introduction. Some statistics say that 1 in 59 children and 1 in 37 boys are now diagnosed as Autistic, and it is quickly becoming one of the most common disorders among children today.  The disorder’s name was first used around 1911 by a Swiss scientist named Eugen Bleuler.  In the 1940s, researchers in the United States began to use the term “autism” to describe children who exhibited emotional or social problems.

The diagnosis of Autism has historically been unlike most treatable medical conditions. It usually comes as a devastating blow, even if it confirms suspicions that parents have had. The words “he/she has Autism,” usually opens up an entire realm of life that is unknown by most parents with neurotypical children.

Suddenly the calendar fills with therapy appointments, but not with just one therapist. Multiple specialties must be employed to help with speech difficulties, behavioral abnormalities, and physical delays. As the realization that things may not get better and some things may get worse sinks in, the world starts to look a lot more scary. Questioning whether their child will ever be able to function in a way that most people would consider basic for survival, parents begin to mourn what could have been, but may never be.

As bleak as the picture may seem for parents with autistic children, the reality is that there is still so much that we don’t know in science about different systems of our bodies and their potential to operate at a greater degree of functioning despite setbacks and damage that has occurred.

One doctor highlights the idea that hope is not lost, and in fact, there is much hope to be found through his book, The Nemechek Protocol for Autism and Developmental Disorders.  Published in 2017 by Autonomic Recovery, LLC, Dr. Nemechek’s faith in the potential for change comes through loud and clear on the book’s cover:

“FACT #1: MIRACLES DO HAPPEN”

This “how-to guide” for restoring neurological function implies that a state of homeostasis can be reached either again, or for the first time in a child’s life.

One aspect of the Nemechek protocol that is very attractive to me is that there are only three simple components.

How to Make Real Money from Home

A note from Rebekah: This article is written by my husband, Josh.  One of the ways that God has provided for our needs throughout the past year has been through Josh teaching English online.  Check out this convenient job option and consider whether it’d work to help meet your needs (or wants) also! 🙂  There is a referral link in the article that Josh will get a one-time bonus from if you go through the entire application process and are hired.

If you’re like most American households, having a part-time venture on the side really helps pay the bills, pay off debt, or just give you extra spending money. High-paying part-time jobs are difficult to find, and work-from-home opportunities are even harder. There are a lot of companies that will pay you through online surveys and shopping apps. You could try to start a blog or YouTube channel, or provide childcare to family and friends. All of these can be good options, but is there a better way to work from home and earn serious money? Does the perfect part-time job exist where you can set your own hours and get paid consistently high wages? Let me suggest that you check out VIPKID.

WHAT IS VIPKID?

I’ve been teaching for VIPKID for over a year now, and I can’t recommend them highly enough! It’s a company headquartered in Beijing that offers fully immersive one-on-one English language instruction for Chinese children between the ages of 4-12. It was founded in 2013 and continues to impress the worldwide community for its innovative and fun approach to learning English. They currently have over 100,000 active Chinese students logging in to their online platform each day and over 10,000 North American teachers. The curriculum is based on the U.S. Common Core State Standards and uses a flipped classroom approach where students read and prepare for each lesson in advance before they meet with their teacher.

HOW MUCH?

I’ll tell you more of the nuts and bolts in a minute, but the real question you want to know is “How much does it pay?”